What medical schools and universities can learn from one another.
Colleges and universities devoted to undergraduate education and non-medical graduate education (hereafter called "universities") have much to teach medical schools and much to learn from them. Universities and medical schools differ significantly in their sources of revenue, cultures of promotion and tenure, academic values, and decision-making processes. Yet from the experience of universities, medical schools can learn innovative techniques of curriculum assessment and teaching, how to handle diversity issues, and ways to expand the definition of scholarship. In turn, medical schools can help teach universities the importance of fiscal and regulatory accountability, the benefits of interdisciplinary efforts, the practical benefits of problem-based learning, and techniques for adjusting to rapid change. The authors, all with medical school faculty backgrounds, developed the views reported in this article when they were Fellows in a leadership training program sponsored by the American Council on Education (ACE). They urge their colleagues to reach out beyond their specialties and departments and learn from higher education institutions that are grappling with problems analogous to those faced by medical schools.
Halperin, EC; Byyny, RL; Moore, S; Morahan, PS
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